News

2020-08-03Maintenance work on August 29

We would like to announce the following RRPproxy system maintenance:

Saturday, August 29, 2020, from 07:00 - 11:00 UTC (09:00 - 13:00 CEST)

You may expect the following:

  • DNS: Available - Domains will continue to resolve normally
  • vServer: Available - vServers will be reachable
  • API: Affected
  • EPP: Affected
  • Web interface: Affected
  • WHOIS: Affected
  • OT&E: Affected

Please excuse any inconvenience this may cause.

2020-07-23Maintenance for DigiCert, GeoTrust, Thawte, RapdidSSL products

Due to a change in our backend for DigiCert, GeoTrust, Thawte and RapdidSSL certificates we will have a maintenance on August 18, 2020 from 09:00 CEST - 11:00 CEST.

The management of SSL certificates of these brands will not be possible during this timeframe. Commands will not be queued, but responded to with an error message. Orders that are still open at the beginning of the maintenance will be delayed and will be finished after the maintenance work. However, we do not expect that many certificates will be affected.

Technical Changes for SAN certificates as of August 18, 2020, 13:00 CEST: We will introdue the possibility to specify a separate approver email address per SAN certificate. This change affects the commands AddCertificate, RenewCertificate, ModifyCertificate and ReissueCertificate. For testing purposes the changes have been already published in our OT&E environment. Please read more here in the RRPproxy Knowledge Base.

2020-07-23Two-year SSL/TLS certificates will phase out as of Aug 18

Beginning August 18, 2020, we will only be issuing SSL/TLS certificates with a life time of one-year.

The reason is an industry-wide requirement set by Apple, Google and Mozilla stating that any two-year TLS certificate issued after August 31, 2020 will be distrusted in their browsers.

As a consequence all Certificate Authorities (CAs) will start issuing publicly-trusted SSL/TLS certificates with a validity period of one year starting September 1, 2020. We decided to stop offering 2-year SSL/TLS certificates already as of August 18.

Affected are all SSL/TLS product brands we currently offer: Sectigo, DigiCert, GeoTrust, Thawte and RapidSSL.

2020-07-02Revised .gay launch dates

The registry has published the new launch dates for .gay:

  • Sunrise: Already completed in March.
  • Sunrise 2: In progress until September 4, 2020 (14:59 UTC). First-come, first-served. For all trademarks (WIPO, USPTO, UKIPO, OHIM and EUIPO). Any other trademark from other countries will be verified by the registry on a case by case basis.
  • Early Access Program (EAP): From September 8 (15:00 UTC) until September 15, 2020 (14:59 UTC). First-come, first-served.
  • General Availability (GA): As of September 16, 2020 (15:00 UTC). First-come, first-served.

Special requirements: 20% of the registry’s registration revenue is donated to LGBTQ organizations and there is a clear and enforceable policy against anti-LGBTQ content. Resellers are required to explain or link to (1) the Donation and (2) the .gay Rights Protections via a “hover over” information box, a message during registration, or another form of implementation on their website.

.gay prices:
Sunrise 2 : 2,420 USD registration fee per year per domain PLUS a non-refundable handling fee of 25.00 USD (Please note: Sunrise domains will be handled as premium domains later on).
EAP: 35.70 USD (Gold) / 39.30 USD (Silver) / 43.20 USD (Bronze) registration fee per year per domain PLUS a refundable Early Access fee of 11,000 USD on day 1, 3,000 USD on day 2, 1,200 USD on day 3, 625 USD on day 4, 135 USD on day 5-7
GA: 35.70 USD (Gold) / 39.30 USD (Silver) / 43.20 USD (Bronze) per year per domain

2020-06-22New launch dates for .basketball & .rugby

There are news about the TLDs .basketball and .rugby: The registry has published new dates for the remaining phases EAP and General Availability. Dates may be subject to change.

.basketball schedule:

  • Early Access Program (EAP): September 21, 2020 (14:00 UTC) until September 27, 2020 (13:59 UTC). First-come, first-served.
  • General Availability: As of September 27, 2020 (14:00 UTC). First-come, first-served.

.rugby schedule:

  • Early Access Program (EAP): November 9, 2020 (14:00 UTC) until November 15, 2020 (13:59 UTC). First-come, first-served.
  • General Availability: As of November 15, 2020 (14:00 UTC). First-come, first-served.

2020-06-22.az registrations / modifications currently unavailable

Our provider for .az domain names (Azerbaijan) informed us that the registration of .az domain names as well as modifications to existing domains are currently not possible due to massive problems with the registry.

2020-05-26.place: Removal of registration requirement

Great news: The requirements needed to register a .place domain name will be removed.

Effective June 1, 2020, registrants can register a .place domain name without additional steps; they will also no longer be forwarded to a third party to activate their domain.

This means that .place domain registrations will be possible using the regular AddDomain command.

2020-05-18TLD Updates: .mt , .vu

  • We are pleased to offer you now the Fulfillment TLD .mt (ccTLD for Malta) in addition to .com.mt.
  • .vu domain names are now available in an automated way. So far, the ccTLD for Vanuatu was only available as Fulfillment TLD. Additionally, .edu.vu, .net.vu and .org.vu domains can be registered as well.

2020-05-12Notes on support hours

Our headquarters in St. Ingbert, Germany is closed on the following holidays:

  • Thursday, May 21 (Ascension Day)
  • Monday, June 1 (Whitsun)
  • Thursday, June 11 (Feast of Corpus Christi)

There will be no regular technical support by phone and e-mail on these days, but we will provide limited support hours through our Mexican support team from 16:00 to 24:00 CEST.

Please be also aware of the bank holidays during these days. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

2020-04-29.cyou: Applications possible as of now!

We now accept your domain name applications for the new .cyou TLD.

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.cyou launch schedule:

  • Sunrise: May 14 (14:00 UTC) until June 16, 2020 (14:00 UTC): For trademark holders with a valid signed mark data (SMD) file. First-come, first-served.
  • Early Access Program (EAP): June 16 (14:00 UTC) until June 23, 2020 (13:59 UTC). First-come, first-served.
  • General Availability (GA): As of June 23, 2020 (14:00 UTC). First-come, first-served.

.cyou prices:
Sunrise:
4.50 USD (Gold) / 4.95 USD (Silver) / 5.45 USD (Bronze) registration fee per year per domain PLUS one-time setup fee of 0.71 USD (Gold) / 0.78 USD (Silver) / 0.86 USD (Bronze) PLUS refundable application fee of 360.00 USD
EAP:
4.50 USD (Gold) / 4.95 USD (Silver) / 5.45 USD (Bronze) registration fee per year per domain PLUS one-time setup fee of 0.71 USD (Gold) / 0.78 USD (Silver) / 0.86 USD (Bronze) PLUS refundable Early Access fee of 1,200.00 USD an day 1, 600.00 USD an day 2, 300.00 USD an day 3, 120.00 USD an day 4, 90.00 USD an day 5, 50.00 USD an day 6, 30.00 USD an day 7
GA: 
4.50 USD (Gold) / 4.95 USD (Silver) / 5.45 USD (Bronze) registration fee per year per domain PLUS one-time setup fee of 0.71 USD (Gold) / 0.78 USD (Silver) / 0.86 USD (Bronze)

2020-04-21Donuts Domain Name Rebate Program as of May 1

We are offering 1-year domain name registrations of the following TLDs at low rates. Domain renewals and transfers are excluded from the promotions. Promotional period: May 1 until August 31, 2020.

Please contact our sales team to enable the promotions for your account. You are required to promote the TLD(s) by banner placement on your website and / or by sending a newsletter to your customers.

  • .academy: 12.68 USD
  • .accountants: 18.93 USD
  • .actor: 12.68 USD
  • .agency: 3.31 USD
  • .army: 12.68 USD
  • .associates: 12.68 USD
  • .band: 12.68 USD
  • .bargains: 9.56 USD
  • .bike: 9.56 USD
  • .boutique: 3.31 USD
  • .cafe: 9.56 USD
  • .capital: 9.56 USD
  • .care: 12.68 USD
  • .cash: 5.18 USD
  • .casino: 12.68 USD
  • .center: 6.43 USD
  • .chat: 9.56 USD
  • .cheap: 6.43 USD
  • .city: 5.18 USD
  • .claims: 12.68 USD
  • .coach: 9.56 USD
  • .codes: 5.18 USD
  • .coffee: 7.68 USD
  • .computer: 12.68 USD
  • .consulting: 12.68 USD
  • .cool: 6.43 USD
  • .coupons: 12.68 USD
  • .credit: 7.68 USD
  • .dance: 9.56 USD
  • .dating: 18.93 USD
  • .delivery: 6.43 USD
  • .digital: 2.68 USD
  • .direct: 12.68 USD
  • .directory: 3.31 USD
  • .doctor: 12.68 USD
  • .dog: 6.43 USD
  • .energy: 9.56 USD
  • .engineering: 9.56 USD
  • .enterprises: 12.68 USD
  • .estate: 6.43 USD
  • .events: 12.68 USD
  • .exchange: 9.56 USD
  • .expert: 6.43 USD
  • .express: 6.43 USD
  • .farm: 9.56 USD
  • .finance: 12.68 USD
  • .financial: 12.68 USD
  • .fitness: 6.43 USD
  • .flights: 25.18 USD
  • .forsale: 12.68 USD
  • .foundation: 6.43 USD
  • .fund: 5.18 USD
  • .fyi: 6.43 USD
  • .gold: 6.43 USD
  • .golf: 3.31 USD
  • .guru: 2.68 USD
  • .haus: 12.68 USD
  • .house: 9.56 USD
  • .institute: 6.43 USD
  • .international: 7.68 USD
  • .investments: 12.68 USD
  • .irish: 6.43 USD
  • .kitchen: 12.68 USD
  • .land: 12.68 USD
  • .life: 2.68 USD
  • .live: 2.68 USD
  • .loans: 12.68 USD
  • .ltd: 7.68 USD
  • .marketing: 6.43 USD
  • .mba: 12.68 USD
  • .media: 9.56 USD
  • .money: 6.43 USD
  • .movie: 31.43 USD
  • .network: 3.31 USD
  • .news: 12.68 USD
  • .ninja: 6.43 USD
  • .partners: 12.68 USD
  • .parts: 12.68 USD
  • .photography: 9.56 USD
  • .photos: 3.31 USD
  • .pizza: 9.56 USD
  • .plus: 6.43 USD
  • .productions: 6.43 USD
  • .properties: 6.43 USD
  • .recipes: 6.43 USD
  • .rentals: 6.43 USD
  • .repair: 6.43 USD
  • .report: 6.43 USD
  • .restaurant: 12.68 USD
  • .rocks: 2.68 USD
  • .run: 3.31 USD
  • .sale: 6.43 USD
  • .services: 6.43 USD
  • .shoes: 25.18 USD
  • .show: 6.43 USD
  • .singles: 6.43 USD
  • .social: 6.43 USD
  • .software: 12.68 USD
  • .solutions: 7.68 USD
  • .style: 9.56 USD
  • .support: 5.18 USD
  • .systems: 5.18 USD
  • .tax: 9.56 USD
  • .taxi: 9.56 USD
  • .team: 6.43 USD
  • .technology: 5.18 USD
  • .tips: 9.56 USD
  • .today: 2.68 USD
  • .tools: 7.68 USD
  • .tours: 6.43 USD
  • .town: 6.43 USD
  • .toys: 12.68 USD
  • .training: 12.68 USD
  • .travel: 25.18 USD
  • .ventures: 9.56 USD
  • .vin: 6.43 USD
  • .watch: 6.43 USD
  • .wine: 6.43 USD
  • .works: 3.93 USD
  • .world: 2.68 USD
  • .wtf: 3.31 USD
  • .zone: 6.43 USD

2020-04-20.compare & .select: Applications possible as of now!

We are pleased to inform you that we are now accepting your binding applications for the new Neustar TLDs .compare and .select.

Launch schedule:

  • Sunrise: Until May 6, 2020 (14:59 UTC). For trademark holders with a valid signed mark data (SMD) file. First-come, first-served.
  • General Availability (GA): As of May 6, 2020 (15:00 UTC). First-come, first-served.

.compare & .select prices:

  • Sunrise: 28.60 USD (Gold) / 31.50 USD (Silver) / 34.65 USD (Bronze) registration fee per year per domain PLUS a refundable application fee of 25.00 USD
  • GA: 28.60 USD (Gold) / 31.50 USD (Silver) / 34.65 USD (Bronze) per year per domain

2020-04-06.dealer: Applications possible as of now

The Intercap Registry has postponed the launch plan for the new .dealer TLD due to the corona crisis. The registry has decided to push the Sunrise period to April 29, 2020 to give the community enough time to figure out the new reality. The EAP/General Availability is tentatively scheduled for June 1, 2020 onwards, with a high probability of extending the Sunrise/Trademark period.

We are ready to accept your applications as of now!

New launch time-table:

  • Sunrise: April 29 (16:00 UTC) until June 1, 2020 (15:59 UTC). For trademark holders with a valid signed mark data (SMD) file. First-come, first-served.
  • Early Access Program (EAP): June 1 (16:00 UTC) until June 8, 2020 (15:59 UTC). First-come, first-served.
  • General Availability: As of June 8, 2020 (16:00 UTC). First-come, first-served.

.dealer prices:

  • Sunrise: 2,400.00 USD (Gold) / 2,600.00 USD (Silver) / 2,800.00 USD (Bronze) registration fee per year per domain PLUS a refundable application fee of 1,200.00 USD
  • EAP: 2,400.00 USD (Gold) / 2,600.00 USD (Silver) / 2,800.00 USD (Bronze) registration fee per year per domain PLUS a refundable Early Access fee of 55,000.00 USD on day 1, 27,500.00 USD on day 2, 11,500.00 USD on day 3, 9,200.00 USD on day 4, 6,850.00 USD on day 5, 4,650.00 USD on day 6, 2,450.00 USD on day 7
  • GA: 2,400.00 USD (Gold) / 2,600.00 USD (Silver) / 2,800.00 USD (Bronze) per year per domain

2020-04-06New FTLDs: .cg, .co.tz, .iq, .ci

We are pleased to offer you the following Fulfillment TLDs as of now:

  • .cg (Republic of Congo)
  • .co.tz (Tanzania)
  • .iq (Iraq)
  • .ci, .co.ci (Ivory Coast)
  • .com.ci (Ivory Coast)

Please note: Fulfillment TLDs can be managed via API and web interface just like any other TLD. However, the registration process is manual and might involve documents and is thus not managed in real time. If you activate one Fulfillment TLD, all other Fulfillment TLDs are activated as well. The corresponding appendix is the same for all of them. Benefit from this approach and add a whole bunch of exotic TLDs to your portfolio at once.

2020-03-26TLS certificate term reduced to 398 days

Apple announced at the CA/Browser Forum in February that it will limit the maximum TLS/SSL certificate lifecycle to 398 days as of September 1, 2020. 

Certificates issued on or after that date with a term length longer than 398 days will be distrusted in Apple products. Certificates issued before that date are not affected and do not need to be replaced or modified. You can still issue 2-year certificates until August 31, 2020; these remain valid until their their expiration date.

2020-03-25Available now: .bg, .gf, .mc, .mr, .mq, .sr

We are pleased to offer you the following Fulfillment TLDs as of now

  • .bg (Bulgaria)
  • .gf (French Guiana)
  • .mc, .tm.mc (Monaco)
  • .mr (Mauritania)
  • .mq (Martinique)
  • .sr (Suriname)

Please note: Fulfillment TLDs can be managed via API and web interface just like any other TLD. However, the registration process is manual and might involve documents and is thus not managed in real time. If you activate one Fulfillment TLD, all other Fulfillment TLDs are activated as well. The corresponding appendix is the same for all of them. Benefit from this approach and add a whole bunch of exotic TLDs to your portfolio at once.

2020-03-17.ar third-level registrations available again

UPDATE from March 17: .COM.AR, .NET.AR and .ORG.AR are fully available again. We're still waiting for an update from the Argentinian registry regarding the General Availability of .AR.


UPDATE from March 12: The .ar registry is still unresponsive. Apparently all .ar extensions are affected including .AR, .COM.AR, .NET.AR, and .ORG.AR. We're waiting for more information from the registry.


Unfortunately the .ar registry had to temporarily suspend .ar domain registrations due to technical difficulties.

This process does not interfere at all with the records already granted or in process.

2020-03-17Supporting our Customers during COVID-19

To our valued RRPproxy customers, partners, and friends:

We hope you and your loved ones are together, safe and healthy amid these unusual and uncertain times.

As you take steps to adapt your own businesses to the challenges ahead, we would like to assure you that we remain committed to providing you world class services and products.

We are set to maintain our regular operations in the event of further unforeseen circumstances that impact our customers. Our globally distributed infrastructure, managed from multiple independent locations around the world, enables us to continue providing regular services to our customers. This structure also allows us to put our colleagues' well-being at the forefront of our priorities while maintaining our business integrity.

Several details on our planning:

  • We have an experienced Business Continuity team at CentralNic who are monitoring and managing the situation of our business lines worldwide.
  • We have been following the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidelines, and as of several weeks ago began limiting team member work travel.
  • Any team member who has travelled internationally is now in 14 day self-quarantined conditions.
  • As of March 16th, we are moving to fully remote work for all RRPproxy employees.
  • We are working closely with our operations teams in order to ensure we follow procedures with respect and care in accordance with the WHO recommendations and appropriate National Health Authority guidelines for each of our regions.
  • Our priority remains the safety of our colleagues, customers and partners.

We will provide further updates as needed and rest assured we will continue delivering the RRPproxy services you already know and trust. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your sales representative or contact us at support@rrpproxy.net.

Wishing you and your loved ones good health.

In solidarity,

Your RRPproxy Team

2020-03-08Switch to own .gr accreditation

Please note that we will switch the registration gateway for .gr domain names to our own accreditation on March 16, 2020. .gr is the ccTLD of Greece.

The changes in an overview:

  • In addition to .com.gr, we will offer you in future the domain extensions .edu.gr, .net.gr and .org.gr
  • The IDN TLD .ελ (.xn--qxam) in Greek script will also be available as of this date.
  • Deletion timeframe will be -2 days prior to expiration date (instead of -9 days prior to paiduntil date).
  • Automatic restores in realtime and some more technical changes.

2020-03-04End of TLS 1.0 /1.1 support on March 31

Please note: We will end the support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 in our webhosting environments HOMER and cPanel as of March 31, 2020.

Please make sure that you are using up-to-date software supporting TLS 1.2 to connect to your mailbox(es) to ensure continuous operation. Up-to-date web browsers of the major suppliers support TLS 1.2.

2020-03-03Available now: .cy, .ge, .sn, .sm, .ke

We are pleased to offer you the following Fulfillment TLDs as of now:

  • .cy (Cyprus)
  • .ge (Georgia)
  • .sn (Senegal)
  • .sm (San Marino)
  • .ke (Kenya)

Please note: Fulfillment TLDs can be managed via API and web interface just like any other TLD. However, the registration process is manual and might involve documents and is thus not managed in real time. If you activate one Fulfillment TLD, all other Fulfillment TLDs are activated as well. The corresponding appendix is the same for all of them. Benefit from this approach and add a whole bunch of exotic TLDs to your portfolio at once.

2020-03-02.at Restore automated as of March 24

The restore of .at domains will be automated and processed in real-time in the near future. The redemption grace period is 59 days from this date.

The change will become active in our system on March 24, 2020 and can already be tested in our OT&E system.

2020-02-07New Fulfillment TLDs available now

We are pleased to offer you the following Fulfillment TLDs as of now:

  • .mw, .co.mw, .com.mw (Malawi)
  • .sl (Sierra Leone)
  • .tt, .com.tt, .co.tt (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • .vu, .com.vu (Vanuatu)
  • .az, .com.az (Azerbaijan)
  • .ls, .org.ls (Lesotho)

Please note: Fulfillment TLDs can be managed via API and web interface just like any other TLD. However, the registration process is manual and might involve documents and is thus not managed in real time. If you activate one Fulfillment TLD, all other Fulfillment TLDs are activated as well. The corresponding appendix is the same for all of them. Benefit from this approach and add a whole bunch of exotic TLDs to your portfolio at once.

2020-02-01HOMER maintenance on Feb 25

We will conduct HOMER maintenance work on February 25, 2020 from 08:00 - 12:00 UTC (09:00 - 13:00 CET).

The entire HOMER system will be affected: You cannot create new web spaces or manage/modify existing web spaces during the maintenance window. Please excuse any inconvenience this may cause.

All other RRPproxy systems are not affected by the maintenance.

2020-01-27.tw grandfathering for ASCII.台灣

Please note: ASCII domain name registrations under .台灣 (.xn--kpry57d; IDN TLD for .tw) are now possible. The registry offers grandfathering registrations for holders of existing ASCII.tw domains that wish to register the same ASCII domain under .台灣.

The following eligibility criteria apply and are checked by the registry:

  • The creation date for ACSII.tw should be earlier than the same ASCII name under .台灣 (.xn--kpry57d)
  • The registrant of ASCII.台灣 (.xn--kpry57d) should be the same as ASCII.tw (the registrant contact ID should be the same)
  • ASCII.tw and ASCII.台灣 (.xn--kpry57d) should be managed under the same registrar when creating ASCII.台灣.

2020-01-27 MMX: Expiring MPML Service Notice

Please note that MMX will no longer be accepting new applications nor renewals for MPML (MMX Protected Marks List) services.

For current MPMLs in place, these protections will remain active until the upcoming expiration.

2020-01-07Thoughts on the LATAM market for 2020

Our man in South America, Simon Penchansky, Chief Operating Officer of Toweb, CentralNic’s biggest registrar in the region, give us his views on what 2020 will bring for the continent.

Three main variables guide the evolution of the Latin American domain name industry:

  • Ease of registering the local ccTLD
  • Perception that website creation is necessary and attainable
  • Number of user with a business to promote

The first two invariably improve over time, while the third is dependent on macroeconomic factors, which have currently created a favorable set of conditions for the industry.

To bring the above into focus, we can isolate a set of specific events set to occur in 2020, as well as data that offers tangible insight into the conditions to expect this coming year.

EFFECT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Compared to their counterparts in the EU, Latin American workers are twice as likely to be self-employed or to operate a small business. That is to say, the marketplace is full of small actors fighting to gain exposure.

This trend predates the age of the Internet, but bears mentioning to establish the fact that the conditions are ripe for this region to exhibit a higher rate of “websites per capita” than other parts of the globe.

There is a newer trend that is discouraging for local economies, but which offers promise for the domain name industry. Unemployment and underemployment among the college-educated is on the rise. Unable to find work with established firms, this population is increasing turning to entrepreneurship.

As a result, businesses that launch in 2020 are more likely than ever to be led by persons with an appreciation for the importance of having a website and the skills necessary to register a domain and purchase ancillary products.

REGISTRY OPERATION CONTRACTS

At the outset of the previous decade, most Latin American ccTLD managers interacted with registrants via rudimentary web applications, or the submission of written forms. Today, more than half have developed a sophisticated backend system or selected an external operator.

The latter is of particular relevance for 2020, as a new contract will be awarded this year to operate arguably the region’s most important ccTLD. The Colombian IT Ministry has opened a tender process to operate .co, a license that key industry players are keen to win. Although the zone grown to over 2MM domains with Neustar at the helm, there is pervading sense that it has underperformed.

It would be wise to keep close watch on Argentina’s .ar, which operates on the FRED (CZNIC) backend, but whose frontend is a government-operated platform used for a diverse set of procedures (ex. filing tax returns, registering vehicles). This platform was a pet project of the previous government and is very unpopular among users. A President from the opposing political party took office in December 2019, which in Argentina tends to mean the cancellation of initiatives undertaken by the predecessor.

Odds are better than 50/50 that .ar will move onto a new platform in 2020. Considering that Argentina is the region’s third-largest economy and there are fewer than 400,000 domains in the zone, competent management could lead to a hundreds of thousands of new registrations.

SIMPLIFIED REGISTRATION PROCESSES

As alluded to in the previous section, the alternative to a ccTLD manager contracting a registry operator is to improve their in-house systems and procedures. While the former can produce overnight growth, the latter tends to be a slow progression from paperwork to EPP.

That is not to say that exponential growth is not possible without the aid of an industry-leading backend provider. ccTLDs where growth has been stifled by complex, multi-day registration processes can quickly double their size by merely making it possible to register a domain within a reasonable timeframe.

Registries do not necessarily need to scrap their existing platforms to accomplish this. For example, in 2019 Paraguay’s NIC PY simply eliminated a manual review process, while maintaining a high price and requiring payment via bank transfer.

In 2020, at least two more regional ccTLDs will be moving from multi-day fulfillment models to new systems that will allow same-day registration. Panama’s .pa will soon launch a new web interface and eliminate their review process and Bolivia’s .bo will begin allowing credit card payment.

Growth in these zones will be measured in tens, not hundreds of thousands of domains. Neverlthess, the trend is noteworthy as it shows registries moving in the right direction.

INVESTMENTS IN ADVERTISING

With saturation nearly achieved in Europe, North America and Asia, domain name marketing has begun to shift towards the immature markets of Latin America and Africa. Of these two regions, Latin America is of greater appeal, as connectivity and buying power have shown more positive trends than in Africa.

For the above, private entities have made investments in the region that could serve to bolster not only their own businesses, but also the industry as a whole. GoDaddy and Verisign have run television campaigns in Mexico and Brazil, with the latter considering an expansion of these campaigns into Colombia and Brazil.

In contrast other companies such as Wix that advertise heavily in the region, GoDaddy and Verisign center their campaigns not on specific products, but instead the notion that it is beneficial and not overly complicated for a small business to create a website. These are proven messages with a good probability of driving registrations in Latin America.

2020-01-01Maintenance of DNSSEC signer infrastructure, Jan 6

We would like to announce a maintenance of the DNSSEC signer infrastructure:

  • Monday, January 6, 2020 from 09:00 UTC and 15:00 UTC (10:00 UTC and 16:00 CET)

Signing new zones or changing existing DNSSEC signed zones may fail during the maintenance window. All other services are NOT affected.

You may expect the following:

  • Signing new zones or changing existing DNSSEC signed zones: Affected
  • DNS: Available - Domains will continue to resolve normally
  • vServer: Available - vServers will be reachable
  • API: Not affected
  • EPP: Not affected
  • Web interface: Not affected
  • WHOIS: Not affected
  • OT&E: Not affected

Please excuse any inconvenience this may cause.